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Toda Raba Tel-Aviv!

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At the Charles-de-Gaulle terminal in Paris, waiting for my flight to Tel-Aviv, I find myself in the center of an exciting crowd of different colours, sexes, and religions. I feel the pulse of this city that I love already. What awaits me in Tel-Aviv?

Six hours later, I am seated in a Tapas bar at the Port of Tel-Aviv, a fashionable new section of the city. I watch a gorgeous sunset, it is beautiful and hot (40 degrees), the food is delicious, and the cool Israeli wine is excellent. The server is friendly; she speaks English and French, and conversations in Hebrew swirl all around me. The people are smiling and I’m feeling charmed. What a wonderful moment!

Tel-Aviv, a modern, welcoming city has a festive ambiance that can be enjoyed 24 hours a day. The food is fit for royalty just about everywhere and the service is practically always impeccable. The beaches are as beautiful as those in Ibiza and the water is warm. Tel-Aviv locals can go surfing or swim lengths before heading to work. What a beautiful quality of life; it’s like a dream! Believe me; I’ve already visited nearly half of the planet.

Seated at the bar of the Social Club, a modern little bistro in the Rothschild neighbourhood, I’m chatting with Jasmine, the waitress. “This is the center of the world.” This clearly contemporary young woman points out that “Tel-Aviv is one of the most interesting cities on the face of the earth. You’ll be back soon. I’m sure of it. It’s a place to have fun and it’s the entrance to the Middle-east. You can be who you are here and live your life as you please.” Jasmine represents what Tel-Aviv is: unconventionally beautiful, modern, generous, warm, and adorable.

In what other place on earth would you see Bauhaus architecture and skyscrapers, palm trees, young gay couples walking hand-in-hand in the center of an Arab neighbourhood, young families, surfers, religious people, and artists?

Forget Barcelona, Miami, and Rio. Tel-Aviv is without a doubt one of the most intoxicating, exciting cities I’ve ever visited!

Welcome to the center of the world.
Welcome to a totally modern, tolerant land.
Welcome to Tel-Aviv.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TEL-AVIV!

Text and pictures by: Paul-André Larocque

At the Hilton Hotel Beach Club, located in the center of town, you can surf, play volleyball, eat, or have a drink; the service is excellent. A lovely spot to swim and get refreshed.

At the Hilton Hotel Beach Club, located in the center of town, you can surf, play volleyball, eat, or have a drink; the service is excellent. A lovely spot to swim and get refreshed.

Examples of Bauhaus architecture. Not all the buildings have been well main­tained, but little by little, Tel-Aviv is rebuilding and re-beautifying.

Not all the buildings have been well main­tained, but little by little, Tel-Aviv is rebuilding and re-beautifying.

Examples of Bauhaus architecture. Not all the buildings have been well main­tained, but little by little, Tel-Aviv is rebuilding and re-beautifying.

Not all the buildings have been well main­tained, but little by little, Tel-Aviv is rebuilding and re-beautifying.

Photo taken from Tayalet: a well designed seaside walkway that runs from north to south, the entire length of Tel-Aviv’s seashore.

Photo taken from Tayalet: a well designed seaside walkway that runs from north to south, the entire length of Tel-Aviv’s seashore.

Elemento, a design house in the Arab quarter of Jaffa, is located in an ancient building from the Ottoman Empire. They have furnishings from international and local designers and will deliver custom furniture orders to Canada. Their magnificent dining room tables are a must see!

Elemento, a design house in the Arab quarter of Jaffa, is located in an ancient building from the Ottoman Empire. They have furnishings from international and local designers and will deliver custom furniture orders to Canada. Their magnificent dining room tables are a must see!

Neve Tsedek, full of local designer shops and excellent restaurants, is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city. I suggest the Nana Bar. Memorable! Neve Tsedek, full of local designer shops and excellent restaurants, is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city. I suggest the Nana Bar. Memorable!

The Carmel market is the place to find fruits, vegetables, and leather goods: a real explosion of colours and aromas. The Carmel market is the place to find fruits, vegetables, and leather goods: a real explosion of colours and aromas.

Rothschild Boulevard, with its bars and restaurants, is a great evening spot. It’s laid back, but you feel people’s energy! Folks from Tel-Aviv like to have fun. Enjoy your stay in Tel-Aviv.

Rothschild Boulevard, with its bars and restaurants, is a great evening spot. It’s laid back, but you feel people’s energy! Folks from Tel-Aviv like to have fun. Enjoy your stay in Tel-Aviv.

Rothschild Boulevard, with its bars and restaurants, is a great evening spot. It’s laid back, but you feel people’s energy! Folks from Tel-Aviv like to have fun. Enjoy your stay in Tel-Aviv.

Rothschild Boulevard, with its bars and restaurants, is a great evening spot. It’s laid back, but you feel people’s energy! Folks from Tel-Aviv like to have fun. Enjoy your stay in Tel-Aviv.


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